Dear God it’s amazing how hooked I am on the Phoenix Wright series. I bought the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy for 3DS awhile back when the eShop was having a sale. Thanks to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, the desire to play these games suddenly jumped in priority. It helps that they are for a portable system, so I take my 3DS to doctor appointments, karate practice, on road trips, and in bed late at night to solve these murder mysteries in the worst method available: on the fly in a courtroom. I’m currently in the last game of the trilogy, Trials and Tribulations, and it’s surprising how hard it is for me to put down my 3DS to perform other functions in life. Damn kids and job always getting in the way.
I never wanted anything to do with this series when it was first announced, and now that I have embraced how much it is NOT like court proceedings, I absolutely love it. I almost wish that our criminal court system ran just like this, although I wonder how wrongful incarcerations we’d have as a result. Regardless, having a completely idiotic judge, no jury, and a prosecution team who is always out to call the defense a bunch of idiots is darn entertaining. Who cares about the Rules of Procedure, Rules of Evidence, or what a cross-examination truly is when you have this form of entertainment? Not to mention all the ways the prosecution likes to physically punish poor Mr. Wright. Over the games I’ve played, Phoenix has had beads thrown at him, seeds hurled in his face, whipped, and hot coffee tossed at his head. I really wish I could take 3DS screen shots of the top screen (WTF is wrong with you, Nintendo?) so I can get a lovely screenshot of Wright blinking his eyes through dripping scalding coffee. I also want to capture so many of his puns, but I want the coffee eye blinks even more.
I’m about halfway finished with the final entry of the trilogy, and I have a feeling I may cry when the credits roll. What will I do then? Actually work on my reviews? Play a Pokemon game? My day just doesn’t feel complete without hearing Wright yell, “OBJECTION!” and watching his finger point across the courtroom.